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Establishing a peaceful and relaxing bedtime routine will help your baby understand when it’s time to nestle in and go to sleep. Babies learn the meaning of actions before they learn the meaning of words. So, having a repetitive nighttime routine can work wonders in helping babies distinguish between night and day. Have a read of our tips for creating a peaceful environment for the perfect night’s sleep.
Establishing a baby bedtime routine
Once your baby is around 3 months old, you can start to introduce a bedtime routine. Having a bedtime routine can be beneficial for both you and your baby. And what’s more, it can be a positive and relaxing experience for you both!
A baby bedtime routine is the perfect opportunity to have a special one on one moment with your baby each and every day. These moments may well be the calmest you experience all day, so it’s important to treasure this moment between you and your baby.
Having an evening bath
Of course, this step is optional depending on how often you want to bath your baby. However, bath time is a great way to relax and enjoy a moment together. Babies often have sensitive skin, and it is very important to ensure that the products you are using are natural and organic. Our Dreamy Baby Organic Wash is a gentle blend of aloe vera, coconut oil and moringa oil to nurture and cleanse sensitive skin. It is soap-free, allergy safe, non-irritative, and perfect for cleansing away the day’s grime.
Gentle baby massage
Giving your baby a massage before bed is a wonderful way to share a moment of skin-on-skin contact between yourself and your baby. Our Loving Baby Massage Oil is a rich blend of calming plant extracts including chamomile, coconut oil, moringa oil and sunflower seed to nurture baby’s skin during a massage and replace any natural oil lost during bath time. This beautiful baby massage oil has added essential oils of lavender and chamomile to help soothe baby into a peaceful sleep.
Change into pyjamas and a fresh nappy
Just as changing into pyjamas and feeling fresh and clean can help adults go to sleep, getting into a fresh set of pyjamas and a clean nappy can help babies settle too. To ease red and delicate bottoms, try our Gentle Baby Balm enriched with beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter to support skin healing. With added chamomile, Gentle Baby Balm smells like a hot cup of honey tea and can be used anywhere where healing is required.
Brushing their teeth
Of course, this is only necessary if they have teeth! If your baby doesn’t have teeth yet, be sure to clean their mouth daily by dipping a gauze- or cloth-covered finger in warm water and using it to gently rub your baby’s tongue in a circular motion. Afterwards, use your finger to gently rub their gums and cheeks.
Reading a bedtime story
Reading a storybook at bedtime is a great bedtime activity. As your baby gets older, the promise of a bedtime story can encourage them to want to get ready for bed. Reading and talking to babies has also been proven to help their cognitive development as their brain rapidly develops in the earliest stages.
Dimming the lights
Turning the lights down low can help create a calming and relaxed atmosphere for both you and your baby.
Throughout your bedtime routine, try to keep noises to a minimum and speak in a soft and calm voice. This will ensure your baby isn’t overstimulated, and will help them distinguish between the noise of the day and the tranquility of the night. You can also try singing a soft lullaby to your baby during your bedtime routine. The sound of your voice will be reassuring and comforting as they drift off.
Giving goodnight kisses and cuddles
Showing babies love and affection is key to raising children with confidence and great self-esteem. So, be sure to incorporate plenty of kisses and cuddles into your bedtime routine!
Repetition is key
The most important aspect of any bedtime routine, regardless of what you do during your routine, is that you do it consistently and repetitively. This way, your baby will associate bedtime activities with going to sleep.
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